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2019 Winners

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Home & Garden Category and Overall

Rocking Chair by Wheeler’s Chairs

Following traditional methods of post and rung construction passed down from Colonial times, Wheeler’s Chairs ladderback chairs and rockers are handcrafted from native Appalachian hardwoods sourced from local hardwood suppliers. Built in Millers Creek, this rocker features walnut posts; red oak rungs, arms, and runners; spalted maple backs; and a hand-rossed and woven hickory bark bottom. Learn more about Wheeler’s Chairs.

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Craft Category

Mid-Century Modern by Koolbird

Inspired by the 1950’s interior designs, Charlotte-based Koolbird integrates mid-century modern elements into bird houses. Koolbird bird houses are eco-friendly and are made from a variety of tropical hardwoods. With Mark Ellis’s background in the furniture business, these retro birdhouses are well built, firm, and stylish and will complement the exterior design of any home. Learn more about Koolbird.

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Drink Category

Lemon Elderflower Hard Cider Spritzer by Noble Cider

Located in Asheville, Noble Cider uses locally grown apples to create innovative and delicious craft hard ciders. Their hard cider spritzers offer drinkers a fantastic and fruity, gluten-free option made with hard cider, real botanicals, and filtered sparkling water. The Lemon Elderflower Hard Cider Spritzer is fermented from freshly pressed apples is mixed with organic dried lemon peel and dried elderflowers for an infusion that’s crisp, bright, and lightly floral. Learn more about Noble Cider.

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Food Category

Bourbon Honey Chocolate Truffle by Little Bird Chocolate

Little Bird Chocolate proudly creates small batch chocolates in Winston-Salem. Their Bourbon Honey Chocolate Truffle is definitely one to savor and is full of North Carolina ingredients. The 70% Venezuelan dark chocolate, sourced from Winston-Salem’s Brasstown Chocolate, is blended with fresh cream and Fool’s Gold Bourbon Honey, which combines Forsyth County-harvested honey with bourbon from Seventeen Twelve Southern Spirits in Conover. Learn more about Little Bird Chocolate.

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Style Category

Classic Patchwork Pack by Amber M. Jensen (formerly of ha!)

Made entirely by hand in Marshall, the Classic Patchwork Pack was inspired by regional textile traditions with an eye toward the colors, shapes, and textures experienced during Amber’s hike across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Designed with the intention to create an equally utilitarian and stylish backpack for men and women, the pack rolls up to reveal an interior pocket for laptops and a durable cotton canvas lining. Learn more about Amber M. Jensen (formerly of ha!).

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